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Still Fighting CLL After 12 Years and Still on Top

by GregP_WN

"Still_Fighting" is a 12-year survivor of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), although she is still on maintenance treatments, and likely will be for the rest of her life, she says she is still doing well and living her life. Take a look at her story, and drop by her Homepage at WhatNext and giver her a big CONGRATULATIONS for staying on top in her fight. In this guest blog post, she details her fight with CLL.

Still Fighting Cll After 12 Years

I really didn't have any indications that I had CLL that I was aware of or my...

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How to Talk to Your Insurance Company About Your Cancer Claims

by GregP_WN

WhatNexters often feel that a lot of financial aspects of cancer go way over their heads. Even if a patient has health insurance, there can be anxiety when dealing with paying for treatment and insurance coverage. WhatNexters recommend taking a deep breath, staying calm, and doing your homework to find resources to help sort through the challenges.

How To Talk To The Insurance Company About Your Cancer Claims

Below are some common problems that WhatNexters have faced with their insurance situations. See what other WhatNexters had to say:

The...

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How WhatNexters Prepared for Chemotherapy

by GregP_WN

Chemotherapy is a common treatment for many people with cancer. It is not unusual to feel fear and uneasiness before going into one’s first chemotherapy treatment. Being prepared may help you feel less unsettled about going to your first round. 

We asked the WhatNext Comunity how they would prepare. The information listed here is how WhatNexters prepared for chemo. This information does not represent medical advice and all input is from WhatNext members themselves.

Chemotherapy

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How to Hold a Fundraiser for Cancer-Tips for Success

by Heather Erickson

Cancer can take a terrible toll on a family’s finances. One way of lightening the load is to hold a fundraiser or “benefit.” I’m often asked about ideas for raising finances for a cancer patient. I thought I’d share not only those ideas but our personal experience as, well.

Erickson Family

Do you have the Support?

The biggest key to success is support. When choosing a benefit, consider whether or not you can get people to participate. People are more likely to participate if they have a personal interest in...

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Tips For Helping Someone With Cancer

by GregP_WN

Finding out that someone you care about has been hit with a cancer diagnosis is heartbreaking...and confusing. Whether it's a spouse, a parent, a young adult, a friend, a colleague or a child - it's often difficult to know what to say or what to do. Or what to not say or not do! Each case is a little different, but here are some tips for helping someone with cancer.

Friends There For You No Matter What

We turned to our panel of experts on WhatNext - people who have been touched by cancer - and asked them to share some of the...

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January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN

The American Social Health Association (ASHA) and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition have named January Cervical Health Awareness Month to encourage women across the country to get screened for cervical cancer and receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine if they're eligible.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

From Healthy Women.org

Get Screened: January Is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Each year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and, of those, about one-third will die as a result...

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5 Tips to Help You Feel More Like Yourself

by GregP_WN

When undergoing radiation and chemotherapy to treat cancer, you want as much as possible to feel like yourself. That can be practically impossible when you feel like garbage, losing your hair, and might be puffy from treatment medications.

5 Tips To Help You Feel More Like Yourself

There are still ways to hold on to “you” when cancer is a part of your life. Try and do a few things that will make you feel more like yourself. You aren’t your diagnosis. Here are 5 tips to help you feel more like yourself and hold onto feeling a little...

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What a Pet Scan is and How They Work

by GregP_WN

When you are diagnosed with cancer, one of the first few tests you will likely have is a PET Scan or Positron Emission Tomography scan. It is a nuclear medicine functional imaging technique that is used to observe metabolic processes in the body. 

Pet Scan Ct Scan Comparison

These scans produce a color image that highlight where cancer may be located in the body, making it much easier for Doctors to know where to treat, how much to treat and to stage your cancer. In the two photos above, you can see the...

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What is Your Personal "Word of the Year"?

by GregP_WN

For all of us cancer patients, we have certain things that immediately send us back to a spot in treatments, or sitting in the exam room when you got the news about having cancer. There are other things like songs that will spark a memory and give you a flashback to sitting in the chemo chair or you might go back to being half naked sitting on the side of a bed, wearing nothing but a paper gown, in the holding area getting ready to go back to surgery.

Word Of The Year

But what about a word? After...

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Fertility Preservation & Cancer

by Robyn Stoller aka CancerHawk.com

Our Blog Post today is from Robyn Stoller, the founder of CancerHawk and also was a caregiver for her Husband Alan who had been diagnosed with kidney cancer, followed by pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Robyn is a tireless advocate for cancer patients everywhere. Her article today touches on the issues with fertility when dealing with cancer and treatments. 

Cancer Hawk Fertility

Chemotherapy and radiation can harm your fertility or cause sterility. For women, certain...

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